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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - LAUREN MUR­PHY LOUISE BRU­TON

All We Are

What’s in a name? The band for­merly known as The Orig­i­nal Rude­boys (and now not to be con­fused with sem­i­nal elec­tronic group The Orb) have stream­lined their moniker, but their ap­proach re­mains largely un­changed. Fans of the Dublin trio’s 2012 de­but will find more of the same to en­joy here, with added ul­tra­slick pro­duc­tion (no­table on the up­lift­ing, brass-in­fused Feel It in Your Soul). Yet ORB’s in­sis­tence on shoe­horn­ing rap verses into most of the songs is cus­tom­ar­ily clumsy and grat­ing. In­te­gral as he may be to their sound, Neddy Arkins’s con­tri­bu­tion to the likes of Gone Are the Days are at odds with Robert Burch’s smooth, Amer­i­can­ised croon. The skit­ter­ish beat of Get Out is much more ac­com­mo­dat­ing of both styles, but gen­er­ally there’s not much to sal­vage amid the mu­si­cal cliches and lyri­cal plat­i­tudes. the­o­rig­i­nal­rude­boys. com Down­load: Feel It in Your Soul, Get Out

Ruby­works

AT­MOS­PHERE

South­siders Rhymesay­ers En­ter­tain­ment At­mos­phere con­tinue tear­ing so­ci­ety apart on their eighth stu­dio al­bum. MC Sean “Slug” Daly de­clares that South­siders is from the per­spec­tive of a “post­fam­ily man”, so those look­ing for their stoned philoso­phies will be dis­ap­pointed. They’ve lifted the smoke­screen, leav­ing a stream of con­scious­ness that re­sults in a num­ber of song fa­tal­i­ties, par­tic­u­larly the rigid Cam­era Thief and the cringe-in­duc­ing Star Shaped Heart. Flicker ad­dresses the fragility of life, and it’s the per­fect ode to a friend that left too soon. On lead sin­gle Kanye West (which has lit­tle to do with Yeezy), At­mos­phere dare lis­ten­ers to “put their hands in the air like they re­ally do care” and live for the mo­ment. It’s an uno­rig­i­nal sen­ti­ment, to be sure, but on an al­bum that gets lost in com­plex so­ci­etal sneers, it’s the sim­ple things that shine. rhymesay­ers.com/at­mos­phere

Down­load: Flicker, Kanye West

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